Following Kakeya’s needle to new mathematics
What is the meaning of this unassuming, mistranslated curve?
The Johns Hopkins University mathematician tells us why doing category theory is like playing the viola
An evolutionary analysis of pop tunes revealed that over the past 30 years songs have grown sadder—but the big hits buck that trend. Christopher Intagliata reports. ...
Born 300 years ago this month, Agnesi was the first woman to write a mathematics textbook and to be appointed to a university chair in math
Scientists have added radar info to seismic data, isotope measurements and optical imagery to study covert nuclear tests. Christopher Intagliata reports.
In which we are honored to be the second-favorite podcast appearance of the only MIT applied math graduate student who has played in the NFL
A matrix is an array of numbers, but it represents so much more
Thierry Zomahoun, president of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, talks about the potential and needs of science on the continent.
A recent breakthrough in a decades-old graph theory problem relies on this little assembly of seven points and eleven edges
Talking time travel, complex analysis and Burmese food with a mathematician from the University of Sydney
Mathematical modeling reveals the mechanical forces that guide the development of mollusk spirals, spines and ribs
The University of Washington mathematician talks trees, lattices and a plucky constant that seems to show up everywhere
Sara N. Hottinger’s thoughtful book addresses Western cultural narratives about who does mathematics
A surprisingly silly science activity from Science Buddies
A column about the surprising cultural, structural, philosophical, and mystical features common to mathematics and food
The tortured psyche of a misunderstood solid
Understanding this type of instability can prevent catastrophic failures and help generate power
The source of knuckle cracking sounds is much debated—but new mathematical models may reconcile two opposing views. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Nearly every basketball player, coach or fan believes that some shooters have an uncanny tendency to experience the hot hand